Virginia Editorial: Shouldn’t locality have say on raising speed limit? (85th Percentile Under Attack)

STATE transportation officials would argue that what amounts to a unilateral decision to raise speed limits in a locality is not the arbitrary action it appears to be, but is based on carefully gathered statistics and other findings from an engineering study.

But in the case of King George County, some local officials and residents think they should be able to just say “no” to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s plan to raise the speed limit on State Route 3 and U.S. 301 from 55 mph to 60 mph.

VDOT says a change would be based on its study weighing such factors as current vehicle speeds, road geometry, crash history, law enforcement data and the surrounding environment.